What Jesus Did! 'Couldn't You Watch with Me?' — Mark 14:37

Friday, November 1, 2024

Then [Jesus] returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Couldn't you watch with me even one hour?"
— Mark 14:37 NLT

Key Thought

How this situation must have hurt the Lord. My heart breaks for Jesus as he endures this time in Gethsemane. He knows he is going to the cross. He knows Judas will betray him. He knows his closest followers will abandon him. He knows that Peter will deny him. He knows the other ten will run away and leave him alone. He knows that he will be ridiculed and mocked. Now, knowing all of those things, he still does not have anyone care for him enough to pray with him an hour. I'm so thankful that the Lord knows what it feels like to be forsaken and let down by those closest to you. I'm also so very sad for him. Let's pray and work to never let him down like this ever again.

Today's Prayer

O Father, I am so sorry! Please, dear Lord, make me stronger and more courageous. Don't ever let me outlive my love for you and my willingness to always show that love in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 14:43-50
  • Hebrews 2:14-18
  • Hebrews 4:14-16


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Illustration of Mark 14:37 NLT — Then [Jesus] returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Couldn't you watch with me even one hour?"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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